Justice Adjei Frimpong, Supervising Judge of Tema led them to swear

the oath of allegiance, official oath and of secrecy.


Professor Joshua Alabi, Vice-Chancellor of the University of

Professional Studies, reading the inaugural speech on behalf of

President John Mahama, congratulated members on their election and

appointment to the Assembly.
Prof Alabi called on members to live up to the responsibility reposed

in them to help develop their respective electoral areas.
He indicated that even though government would continue to play a

major role towards the development of the Assembly, they must put in

measures to generate more revenue to develop the metropolis.
He bemoaned the indiscriminate putting up of structures on water

ways and cautioned the Lands Commission, Town and Country Planning,

Survey Department and other stakeholders to abide by the laws to ensure

discipline in the metropolis.
Mr Isaac Ashai Odamtten, Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive, reminded

members of the crucial role they played in democracy.
Mr Odamtten urged them to discharge their roles as stipulated in the

Local Governance Act 462, section 16 (1).
He called for selfless and dedicated service from them to project

the image of the Assembly.
Dr Deborah Kugbadzi, Director of Tema Polyclinic and a former

presiding member of the TMA, who chaired the inauguration, asked the

members to continue to maintain the dignity of Tema in all their

Meanwhile, the members of the Assembly failed to elect a presiding

member as none of the three contestants obtained the two-thirds majority

votes needed.
The contestants Mr Richard Fiadomor, Mr Romeo Akahoho, and Mr Joseph

Korto, obtained 23, 14, and nine respectively.
Mr WatsonTizor Apentsui, Tema Metropolitan Electoral Officer, said

the election would be re-organised after 10 days in accordance with law.

Source : GNA/newsghana.com.gh


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